Bethesda is a great company and never ceases to amaze us with its enjoyable, fun games which offer many exciting hours of gaming experience. This time another masterpiece was added to their collection and it’s called Fallout Shelter.
Playing Fallout Shelter, you will find yourself in a post-nuclear strategy game in which you will be in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault. Your goal is to simply develop a vault, in which all your residents are healthy, happy and secure. But this also means that you’ll need to protect them from all dangers, indoor or outdoor. In order to achieve this, you’ll have to build multiple types of rooms, each one of which serves its own purpose.
There are a total of 20 available rooms you can play with, divided in 3 categories:
|Access Rooms||RESOURCE PRODUCTION
& STORAGE ROOMS
|SPECIAL STAT TRAINING ROOMS|
Each room fits a specific amount of people, whose job is to produce resources for you. Now it might take some time in order for your dwellers to produce your precious resources, and this is determined by their level of expertise (based on their SPECIAL stats). In addition, all rooms are marked with one of the SPECIAL stats, so you need to place the correct dwellers in the correct room, if you want to be productive. To increase your resources production, you can either merge up to 3 rooms or get more dwellers working in a specific area. You can also make them work faster by rushing the room, but be advised not to overdo it - especially in critical moments! If you do, many dangers will appear and cause you the lives of the room’s poor dwellers, and in case you fail to disinfect the room quickly, the danger will spread to the rest of the rooms till you deal with the problem, or all of your dwellers end up dead.
Some rooms allow you to train the SPECIAL stats of the dwellers and make them better, stronger and more efficient.
You can equip them with clothing and weapons and, in case you plan to send them to the wasteland, you better give them a few stimpaks and RadAways for the trip, if you want to see them in one piece. Through their journey they will encounter many enemies, see new things they weren’t able to see on the inside and collect bottle caps, clothing and weapons which I’m sure will come in handy at some point. Generally speaking, the more time they spend in the wasteland, the more experienced they become — but at the same time, the more enemies they will encounter, so be careful, as there’s a huge chance they end up dead.
Each time a dweller dies, you will need to take action the soonest possible: by that I mean either removing the body from the vault and get the person’s belongings in return or reviving them, if you have money to spend. Beware though! If someone dies in the vault and you decide to leave them there without taking any action, the other dwellers will notice, and this will cause their productivity to decrease.
One of the most important rooms in the game is the living quarters. If you decide to put there a couple that’s not related, they will soon start talking to each other, and in due time they will flirt and start making babies. This is a nice touch, since it is a good way to populate your vault (plus, you can select a pair of high SPECIAL stats that will result in a much clever baby dweller in return). You can also add people who come from the wasteland and are in need of a new home to your vault to get more resources.
Many dangers are present in the game and if you start exploring, they appear soon enough! Each one requires special attention and most of the times you need a different strategy to overwhelm them. In this game, the worst danger by far is the Deathclaws, an enemy that is not easy to deal with and can cause some serious damage to the vault. The Deathclaws caused all the lives of my dwellers in the 2 vaults I had, and I must confess it took experience and one important lesson for me to learn, to have a better chance with them: Never underestimate your enemies!
This game supports ingame achievements, and as soon as you complete them, you get rewarded with wonderful gifts, which usually come in launchboxes that include a few bottle caps, cards as well as other tools, like weapons, clothing or legendary characters that help you complete your next objective and make it another day. You can also purchase a launchbox If you like, for precious resources in no time. Or you can purchase Mr. Handy, a funny robot which can help you collect resources, fight off enemies and even search the wasteland for caps. Not bad, I must say!
Betheska always listens to the recommendations of the fans and they try to make the best possible to satisfy them. Updates come out all the time and in the last update i saw that many things were added. The most important for me was the option to save your vault to the cloud. That way you can be sure to always keep your save game data safe.
As for the cons I found in this game? Firstly, the Deathclaws. They can destroy your vault in a few seconds. If you forget to log in the game for a day, your progress still runs in the background and, even if they don’t appear while you are gone, be sure you’ll see them whenever you log in. This means that If you decide to take a break, the next time you log in might be too late for your fellow dwellers. The other negative attribute I found in Fallout Shelter is that it lacks an endgame. After completing all achievements, collecting all special characters etc, you are left with no goal. And, let’s face it, this can be quite disappointing.
Overall, I believe that this game will definitely be a good companion to you. It offers amazing features, it’s really fun and it helps you take responsibility. And be sure that things will not be easy for your dwellers! After all, you have to take care of so many people and always make the right decision for them. Do you think you have it takes? Fallout Shelter awaits you…
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Requires Android 4.1 or better
14 Jun, 2015 (iOS)
13 Aug, 2015 (Android)
It’s a portable Fallout game. Yeah!!!
Very challenging. You need to have a really good plan in order to survive.
Different kind of enemies and some of them are hard to take down.
Updates come out frequently with many treats.
Something needs to be done about Deathclaws.